The Falling Walls Engage Hub South Africa will be launched on 28 – 29 November in Cape Town, bringing together South and Southern African perspectives on Science Engagement and Planetary Health. For this 9th Hub launch, Falling Walls Engage is honoured to be partnering up with the University of the Western Cape (UWC), with the collaboration of Jacqueline Goldin, Associate Professor Extra-Ordinary in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at UWC, founder of the project “Diamonds at the Sole of their Feet” and Falling Walls Engage Winner 2021.

The two-day launch event will gather a cohort of regional and international Science Engagement practitioners, researchers and students  sharing a common passion of taking science out of the library and out of the laboratory and into communities. To explore the topic of Planetary Health, we will be guided by the four elements, Fire, Water, Air and Earth, bringing the very best practices in Science Engagement onto a unique platform.

Participants will talk about alternative energy, agrarian justice, friendly and not so friendly fire and walk you through a water story museum and the songs of the humpback whales. They will dive into astrophysics bringing passionate young scientists together to reach for the moon and the stars. They will showcase the nourishing power of our Planet Earth and how humans seek health through plants and products.

The event will be hosted by International Relations and the Faculty of Natural Sciences at UWC, and will take place at the School of Government. Online participation is available.

If you wish to attend the online webinar, please register here.



Monday 28 November | 10:00-16:00 (SAST) | UWC

  • Keynote – Heide Hackmann, Future Africa & University of Pretoria

🔥   Fire Panel: Friendly and Not So Friendly Fire – Chaired by David Fig, with Eugene Moll, Tanya Barben, Marina Joubert and Sebastian de Romijnn.

  • Input Talk on Planetary Health – Given Moonga, Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub (PHEAH)

🌊   Water Panel: Water Relations, Whale Songs & Waves of Change – Chaired by Amber Abrams, with Sara Niksic, Megan-Rose Francis, Tasha Mentasti, Denisha Anand and Joanne Peers.

Tuesday 29 November | 10:00-16:30 (SAST) | UWC

☁️   Air Panel: In the Sky & In the Lungs Chaired by Zani de Wit, with Gauri Sharma, Precious Sikhosana, and Barbara Schmidt.

  • Workshop: Amplifying your Impact: From Engagement to Action – Hosted by the Berlin School of Science Engagement and Open Science.

🌿   Earth Panel: Nourishing Earth & Human Wellbeing Chaired by Aviva Tugenhaft, with Leanne Seeliger, Glenda Herman, Kira Schmidt, Barbara Schmid, Roshan Sonday, Eschar Mizrachi, Luigi Ceccaroni (online), Leanne Scott and Lise Korsten.

  • Closing Panel – Chaired by Nabeel Petersen and Anastasia Koch, with Umesh Bawa, David Fig, Amber Abrams, Zani de Wit, Aviva Tugenhaft, Bersan Lesch and Shadrack Mkansi.

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